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Horrible cramps and bleeding with Mirena after a Year.

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I have had Mirena put in a Year ago and my periods have been regular and light (after the initial 1 month bleeding right after). I was very content with it actually. However 3 months ago i started bleeding for a month at the time, with one to two weeks in between, bright red. I also have very painful cramps,VERY, and discharges. I went to see my OBGYN and they did an ultrasound to make sure that Mirena is still in place. After they said that all looks normal, and that is pretty usual with Mirena. Based on their website 50% stop their periods all together or see a reduced bleeding. Its seems like with me, its all the way around. I am considering taking it out and going back on Birth Control Pill. Has anyone removed it and went back to other Birth Control Method - and how soon did the bleeding stop and your body went back to normal?

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replied August 22nd, 2011
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Sometimes the heavy bleeding with clots and cramps could also indicate possibility of pregnancy and early pregnancy loss, or even hormonal derangements. If the bleeding is not yet controlled, you can consider requesting your doctor/gynecologist to get HCG levels tested to see if it is due to pregnancy and complete hormonal analysis to rule out any underlying derangements. If pregnancy gets ruled out, you can consider getting the IUD removed. Give a gap of 2-3 months to allow your body to get back to normal. Get started on alternate birth control measures as appropriate.
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